So a quick run down to a larger bookstore in Eindhoven where they had a better selection was in order.
It was bugging me that I wasn't able to give her a picture with my bike and as I was walking out there was that moment of indecision, should I go back and push it or just go on my merry way?.
So thats what I did. I went back in, asked permission from her boss, he went to go find her, and as she was coming out I could see the big smile on her face, so happy that I was back. Good, now I'm glad I went back in to the store, just to see her smile like that.
She wanted Frank to have "A moment of freedom", the trip he never got to take, because it's "something he would of loved to do".
I had the necklace laminated to preserve it and so I can tape it beside Nikkie's signature on the dash.
I met Nikkie the next day at Usine, we had some coffee, talked about Frank and what she went through. I wanted to get some more of her story and record it, maybe in the future she may like it to look back on.
"Usine", French for Factory, is the restaurant located on the ground floor of the former Philips lamp factory in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
In the mens room.
After Nikkie signed the Drive Away Cancer sticker I have on the dash of the sidecar, I got to thinking about doing a "Ride Away Cancer", a motorcycle or sidecar version of what John Nikas had started back in the US over a year ago, so I contacted John and ran it by him and fortunatly for me loved the idea and 3 days later he set up a Ride Away Cancer Facebook Website.
For those who don't know about Drive Away Cancer and what it's about,
this link will explain it's beginnings.
"Ride Away Cancer" and Frank Janssen as my first passenger.
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The route I'm going to take is an approximate, ballpark, kinda sorta route that I "think" I'm going to take. The reason it's so "kinda sorta" is that I've learned the reason or reasons, for me anyway, to not plan so much or so far ahead and have an itinerary written in stone, with accommodations booked for each night and so on. I tried that once at the beginning of my journey in year 1 and all that planning doesn't really work for me too well.
I really live for seeing what the day or evening holds, who I may meet, where I may end up. If I can't get a cheap hostel anywhere I can always go behind a building or a gas station and throw down my sleeping bag and Stealth Camp. No one knows your there. I've camped in some great places by going in stealth mode.
So from here on in my postings will probably be even more sporadic and totally internet/civilization dependent, so as I travel I hope you understand this and don't think I'm slacking on my updates and blog articles.
I hope to get to my friends in Vejbystrand, Sweden by the end of the week, and after 4 days or so there start my trek up to Nordkapp, Norway.
My Russian Visa starts on Nov 15 and is good for 3 months. The Black Bears MC Rally in Dec 5th in Yaroslavl Russia, so I need to be in St. Petersburg by the 15 or 16th to give myself at least a week or ten days to take in as much of the city as I can in such a short amount of time.
Riding in these winter conditions for long periods of time is all new to me, I've been in -20° in Colorado before, but never had to ride long distances in it, so honestly, I'm hoping I have most of my bases covered when it comes to warm and protective clothing and other items that I may need in order to survive winter in Russia and come back with all my fingers and toes.
Another factor I'm not too familiar with is how far I can actually ride each day in conditions like that, I guess that'll depend on how bad or severe the weather is. 500km a day in normal summer riding conditions can be cut down to 200kms or even 100kms a day in bad winter conditions.
I have really no idea what to expect in terms of travel conditions and just how cold riding in -40° is, but I'll never know unless I go and give it a shot. I may or may not make it all the way, but I'm trying not to think to much about all the negative possibilities that may or may not happen.